The aim of good time management is to achieve the lifestyle balance you want, by prioritising what you want to achieve in your career and personal life. Whether it's your job or your lifestyle as a whole; learning how to manage your time effectively will help you feel more relaxed, focused and in control. If you are a director, manager or business owner, time management becomes even more of a challenge as you have to manage your team's time too. By doing this successfully, you enable everyone around you, to be the most productive they can be.
Prioritise important tasks
Today most businesses rely heavily on technology and as a result, we are moving towards paperless environments. One of the greatest tools now in our lives are our electronic calendars. Use whatever device you have to improve your time management by organising your days, weeks and if you can, your months in advance. Look at business tasks, and simply, decide which are urgent and will have the most impact on your business. Plan out some short-term and medium-term goals, then create a daily diary of activities, expanding into weeks to give you a solid picture of your working day. This will help in your long term planning strategy by enabling you to focus more clearly. Once this is done you can move onto the next stage.
Focus on results and communicate with others
Life has a habit of getting in the way and creating all sorts of distractions. By having an organised diary you can keep family, friends and colleagues informed of when you will be available during a typical business day. By supplying them with the knowledge of your availability, they will be less likely to distract you, when you need to be the most productive. Set aside time each day to answer queries, check social media and check emails. By allotting time for each activity, it will not only give you direction but will limit procrastination.
According to Wiki - Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.
Good time management takes discipline and dedication, but with all the latest technology and gadgets available today, we have every opportunity to prioritise our workload and stay ahead. Therefore, when you do get the time off, you will most likely enjoy it more knowing that your next week or month is well in-hand and one less thing for you to worry about.
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